A House Warming Gift #4: Necessary Steps

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-06-2009 01:38 AM 1209 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Cutting out Letters Part 4 of A House Warming Gift series Part 5: April Showers »

If anybody read this from the beginning, I mentioned that this small sign was going to have an Oval Back. wdkits1 sent me a note inviting me to view his ellipse marking device, and I thank him, and that’s a nice thing, but I’m too lazy to go to that much trouble! Besides, when I was searching for scrap wood to make the lettering I came across theseSigns
They were amongst a bunch of wood scraps that were given to me by Parent’s Neighbors. Finials, I suppose, because there were also tapered Oak spindles. At any rate, I checked the letters on the Oval oneSignsand Dang!, if they didn’t almost fit! It’s my intention to put a small chamfer on the face side of this, so I just had to enlarge the ellipse a little, maybe 3/8”. It would have been nice to find the right washer that I could have rolled around the outside of this thing, and I searched, but I ended up using a scrap of 3/8” dowel. Held the oval pattern down and made a series of marks around the outside of it.Signs
It was then pretty easy to sweep around and connect the dots.Signs
Sorry, if there’s no profound revelations on ellipse making here. If I had not found that finial, I probably would have used some combination of my usual larger circle makers (a coffee can, an LP, or a 45 record!) and blended the curves by hand. I’ve tried the “2 nails and a loop of string method”, and that works pretty well, but the string stretches unevenly somewhat, and I end up with a bulbous oval. :(
But I have to put that aside to face the dreaded painting of the letters. I’m going to spray paint them and they’re so light the spray will literally blow them away. After much consternation with chasing small letters around, I came up with a solution. After sandingSigns
I tape the under sides to completely cover the letters,Signs Then coax and wheedle them out and onto the tape.Signs
Then I simply apply the tape to my “finely crafted” Paint PanSigns
And I’m ready to start!
I wouldn’t subject you to watching paint dry, but I’ve already painted these quickly and lightly twice, and I’m now twiddling my thumbs waiting for that to happen….Did that last night, except for the second coat of paint, which I applied this afternoon.
This Morning
This morning dawned fair and bright here in Manchester, N.H. It was cool though, about 35. The air was so fresh and washed clean from the rain of the last few days, it smelled newly made! :-) Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 06:21 PM

this is a great series. Thanks for sharing your process.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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